After another long hiatus we are left wondering what’s been going on with the NCISLA team... it seems so long ago since the last episode and we have all been grasping at any spoilers or news to stop our unquenchable thirst for more information. Thankfully, the team is back tonight and we get a buddy episode with Callen and Sam heading to Mexico on a mission which relives memories of their first case together. We also have a temporary buddy team with Deeks and Nate effectively hunting down bad guys in their own amusing way. Tonight is Christine Moore’s first time behind the camera for the franchise as well. But the really big question is: Can Dave Kalstein match or come close to his earlier masterpiece this season: "The Frozen Lake"? Will lightning strike again? Let’s see…
Headshrink On Deck!
Out the gate we have an exciting start with three dead Ecuadorian diplomats and the first mention of the Tuhon. Good to see Nate is back again and making more appearances at the Mission. I don’t know why they just don’t bring Cambor back permanently. His absence has always left a big hole in the show for me and I’m always glad to see his return. Nate brings news of the diplomatic killing and Callen and Sam are concerned when they hear the name Tuhon. (Sam: Saying that name has consequences.) Callen and Sam think the killer may be connected with the Tuhon and Hetty is sending them to Mexico to find out. It seems Hetty has had a history of working with the Tuhon during the Cold War. He is an enigma, no photos, no files and totally off the grid. Now the team is afraid he may have evolved into a different kind of killing machine who’s out for revenge. Callen and Sam rescued the Tahon seven years ago and Hetty wants them to find him again… dead or alive.
Trust Our Training
The catch phrase from Kill House is back. Hetty knows who she’s up against and we’re going to get to find out why. The Tuhon’s men are out in force once Callen and Sam get to Mexico and they are immediately on the defensive. The scene with the crazy hairdressing sisters was a hoot. Wouldn’t you love to see the partners in action like that more often? Back at the Mission… There is also an interesting dynamic going when Deeks is paired up with Nate to visit the Ecuadorian consulate. Deeks plays the curmudgeon every time he is assigned a new partner. The man is just not happy without his girl.
No One Can be a Tribe of One
We get a few pivotal scenes with Kensi and Sabatino. No surprise that she is getting more and more suspicious of her colleague (Bite me!) since his strange actions are making Kensi more and more uneasy. It was only a matter of time before he called her on her insubordination. Despite Granger’s insistence that Sabatino is not the White Ghost, I have to go with Kensi’s intuition here. Let’s hope the girl knows what she’s doing because right now she is definitely a tribe of one!
When Callen and Sam finally meet up with the Tuhon, they are not real sure whose side he’s on. He insists he was set up and gives up the location of the killer but the two agents remain on guard. Nate and Deeks are sent to bring in the assassin (Gotta love Deek’s underwear references!), vindicating the Tuhon who was telling the truth. Callen wants him to prove he kept his promise of retirement and work together with NCIS to bring down the mastermind behind the mission. The Tuhon is full of interesting sayings and mind games (A man with no friends doesn’t have to worry about them turning into enemies). The final showdown was a wonderful show of force masterminded by Callen and Sam. It was an exciting ending to the episode.
Dave Kalstein delivers once again. You know when you get one of his scripts you are going to look at the world in a different way. Sure, the entertainment factor is there, but he wants to be sure he leaves the viewer with something to ponder about long after the show is over. In this episode, it’s all about working together as a family or a tribe which is a favorite Kalstein theme in the past. As Hetty said, you can’t have a tribe of one and the Tuhon forces Callen and Sam to think about what will happen after Hetty is gone. How will they keep the tribe together? It’s a daunting task for sure to have to even think about replacing the enigmatic Hetty. But the two friends and partners have come a long way in seven years. If anybody can do it… our boys can!
- It was fun to listen to Callen and Sam relive their early days working together as partners and trying to figure out each other’s name. I can’t imagine calling Sam ‘Teddy’ and getting away with it!
- So Deeks knows what’s going on in Afghanistan! It must be all those late night secret calls between the partners. And he’s not too happy about it either.
- Ok, this is a first! Callen is getting some action! That was some kiss for Señor Carl! Wow! Señor Carl’s always trying to make it a party, baby!
- The fight in the bar was a rip roaring slug fest… but that was nothing compared to the safe house battle. Now that was a tribal war! I enjoyed watching the choreography of the fight. Really nice work. Kudos Rafael Kayanan!
- So when did Deeks become so concerned about what other people are wearing? Just being crotchety I guess. Although I have to admit the Downton Abbey reference made me giggle.
- Don’t you love how the Tuhon bowed down to Hetty like she was the Queen of England? The lady is a tour de force and I think the Tuhon is certainly a match for Her Highness.
Deeks: So why does everyone assume I’m always thinking about Kensi.
Nate: You’re fondling her knife.
Tuhon: Nice knife, kid.
Deeks: Oh, yeah? You like it?
Tuhon: I made it, a long time ago for a friend.
Deeks: You made it? It’s not mine, I just, ah, I’m just taking care of it for somebody.
Tuhon: Maybe it’s taking care of you. Friend had a daughter, don’t know her name… sweetest little girl I ever met.
Sam: Don’t think, just react. On a scale of 1 to 10. Go!
Deeks: Eight! Nine!
Sam: Look closely.
Deeks: Ten! Ten, she’s a ten. She’s hot. It’s a ten.All day.
Sam: I know!
Deeks: That’s a stone cold fox right there.
Callen: Yeah, yeah, yeah. (Sam’s phone pings)
Sam: That’s interesting. It’s Joelle.
Callen: She’s texting you?
Sam: I asked her to rate you last night on a scale of one to ten….
Callen: And…..? Shrill whistle
Eric: Am I interrupting something? That was of course a rhetorical question.
Sam: Let’s go to Ops, lover boy.
Deeks: And you thought Cononel Mustard in the study with a candlestick was a badass.
Nate: You are not going alone, my friend.
Deeks: Wow! That is a lot of plaid.
Nate: Houndstooth. It’s houndstooth!
Deeks: It’s enough to give me a seizure. What’s you plan here? You going to blind security while I sprint past them?
Santos: What’s this?
Deeks: I’ve heard of Obama care? This is we don’t care.
Classic Hetty & Deeks
Deeks: I feel like I’m going to be swallowed by a giant kilt.
Hetty: Drop the fabric phobia, Mr. Deeks and find out why Atuga was killed.
Deeks: With Downton Abbey over here?
Nate: You watch it too! Come on.
I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Danny Trejo, until everybody was making such a big fuss that he was coming on the show. But after watching his performance, I will definitely be checking out his body of work. He is an interesting character. We have a new episode next week! Join us here then for our review of “Fish Out of Water.” Also, come back tomorrow to read Deek’s Surf Log and later in the week, Kensi’s Journal. See what’s on their minds about this week’s mission. See you then!
Writers: Dave Kalstein
Director: Christine Moore
Original Air Date: February 25, 2014
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